Recovery Blog Posts

5 Ways to Combat Negative Body Image in Eating Disorder Recovery

Nina Gilbert - June 2018
Body image is complicated for everyone – especially those who have a history of an eating disorder. Be patient, have compassion for yourself and practice these five tips that can help to ease anxiety around any bodily changes that might be happening. Read More

What the World Needs Now is Kindness

Cindy Hale - June 2018
It's okay to feel, "Not Very Okay at All." Just make sure that you aren't feeling it alone. Talk to a friend, reach out to a teacher or call a hotline. Even though you may not always feel like it, there are a lot of people who care for you and want to help. Read More

Coping With Weight Changes Throughout Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Strategies to Try

Natalie Hill - May 2018
Weight fluctuations are a normal part of many individual's lives. For those living with eating disorders - or working toward recovery - any change in weight can be extremely anxiety - provoking. Here are some tips to help make any weight changes during eating disorder recovery a little more manageable. Read More

The Role of Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Erin LoPorto - May 2018
Did you know that yoga can be a great complement to eating disorder treatment and as a helpful tool in eating disorder recovery? Adding in appropriate yoga practices (that are unique to each individual and where they are at in their recovery journey) can be a great way to help connect mind and body - a practice that can be more difficult for those who have experience with eating disorders. Read More

Eating Disorders and Self-Harm

Gina Cipolla - April 2018
Self-injurious behavior, including eating disorders, can often leave people feeling isolated and experiencing feelings of shame and guilt. Here is some information about how these two conditions are connected. Read More

How to Balance Eating Disorder Treatment with Other Priorities

Marcella Berman - April 2018
A large part of my work with individuals in program is helping them to understand the importance of making recovery a priority while also practicing balance. Here are 3 tips to help manage eating disorder treatment with other life responsibilities. Read More

Meal Planning in Eating Disorder Recovery: Seven Important Tips

Katie Gustamacchio - March 2018
Thinking about planning meals for the week can be overwhelming for anyone--especially for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder. Walden dietitian, Katie Gustamacchio provides us with 7 helpful meal planning tips for those who are living with or are in recovery from an eating disorder. Read More

5 Tips for Eating Disorder Recovery

Erin Gilmore - March 2018
As much as we wish there was, there are no instructions for how to recover from an eating disorder. What I can say, is that everyone's recovery journey is unique, and different things will work for different people. Here are a few of my recommendations that have worked for individuals in the past. Read More

7 Tips for Relapse Prevention: RECOVER

Stephanie Kadis - March 2018
Understanding triggers and using skills are important components to avoid relapses in eating disorder recovery. The acronym of RECOVER offers some helpful tips to guide you. Read More

Exciting News in the Eating Disorder Field

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We are very excited to share that our non-profit affiliate, the Foundation for Education and Research in Eating Disorders (FREED), has partnered with the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) at McLean Hospital to launch the first and only national brain bank dedicated to the research of eating disorders. Read More

Oy Vey! How much do you Think I Should Weigh?

Ashley Sawyer - February 2018
Why is it that there is such a high occurrence of disordered eating and eating disorders in the Orthodox Jewish community? Find out some factors that may have an impact on eating disorder development within this population. Read More

Walden Opens Cape Cod’s First Dedicated Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Natalie Cohen - February 2018
Walden Behavioral Care, a system of specialized care for individuals and families affected by all types of eating disorders, today announced that it will be opening a new clinic in Hyannis, MA on March 1. Read More

What Recovery Means to Me

Brenna Briggs - February 2018
Recovery is a BIG word with a lot of meaning. Recovery for one person might not mean what recovery represents for me—and I think there’s beauty in that. We are all different. We’ve all walked down different paths, weathered different storms and have our own unique goals and dreams. For me, recovery is a new chapter in my book. Read More

Here's Why We Place so much "Weight" in Numbers

Natalie Cohen - January 2018
Why do we as a society place so much emphasis on numbers and amounts? There is an actual psychological theory that explains why humans have an innate desire to compete and compare to one another. Learn more here! Read More

4 Ways to “Tune Out” the Negative Messaging of Our Body-Obsessed Culture

Stephanie Haines - January 2018
The reality is, today's culture can often leave us feeling saturated in body judgment - both from others and ourselves. It is possible however to separate ourselves from negative environmental influences. Here are a few strategies to help you “tune out” body – focused messaging. Read More

The Four “R’s” of Eating Disorder Recovery in the New Year

Fiona LaRosa - Waters - January 2018
How to tune out the body-focused messaging during the New Year and what you can do instead! Read More

3 Tips to Support Your Child through Difficult Days in Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Nicole Pipitone - December 2017
Eating disorders impact the entire family system and sometimes, the recovery process can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Throughout the ups and downs, remember that even if your child has been steady in their recovery, they will need extra support during certain periods in their lives. Here are some tips to keep in mind during those difficult days in eating disorder treatment and recovery. Read More

5 Medical Risks of Bulimia Nervosa

Sean Jacquet - December 2017
Beyond the associated psychiatric symptoms, which often include substance use, anxiety, depression and/or self - injurious behavior, there are many potential medical risks that can make BN a particularly life-threatening condition. Here are some of those. Read More

Eating Disorder Relapse: 7 Proactive Steps to get Back on Track Toward Recovery Success (INFOGRAPH)

Natalie Cohen - December 2017
Relapse in eating disorder recovery can feel like starting over, when really, this could be a great time to get yourself back on track and reoriented toward your recovery goals. Here is an infograph describing 6 things you can do if you've found yourself reverting back to old behaviors. Read More

5 Ways to Support Eating Disorder Recovery at Your Holiday Gathering

Kristin Brawn - December 2017
Friends and family can play incredibly significant roles in treatment and recovery – especially during the holidays when you’ll likely be spending more time together. Here are some tips to ensure that everyone at at your holiday gathering feels safe and comfortable. Read More

3 Ways You Can Support Your Loved One in Eating Disorder Treatment

Rachel Drummey - November 2017
Doing your best to understand what your loved one is going through and knowing what to expect while they are in eating disorder treatment, can provide a really great foundation to support them through their journey toward recovery. Here are few more helpful tips to scenarios that may arise. Read More

Why Are Male Athletes at Risk for Eating Disorders?

Paula Quatromoni - November 2017
Athletes are 2-3 times more likely than the average individual to develop an eating disorder, making male athletes a vulnerable subgroup. So why are male athletes at risk? Here are five reasons to consider. Read More

Try These 6 Helpful Tips for Navigating the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

Portia Kimbis - November 2017
This can definitely be a hectic, overwhelming and stressful time of year. If you are currently living with or have a history of an eating disorder, let’s talk about some basic guidelines to help you manage the holiday season like a boss! Read More

The Truth Behind Nutritional Supplements for Athletes

Matt Stranberg - November 2017
Athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors. As such, they are often more vulnerable to (the less than truthful) claims made by nutritional supplement companies. Read More

How to Reduce Stress This Holiday Season – Without Using Food

Kate Craigen & Sarah-Eve Hamel - November 2017
If you often find yourself using food as a way to deal with overwhelming feelings, we’re here to help bring some positive change this holiday season. Learn new and more adaptive ways to better manage behavior urges and more healthfully face this season’s triggers. Read More

How Long Does Eating Disorder Recovery Take?

Joanna Imse - November 2017
Whether you're new to eating disorder treatment, or well on your way toward recovery, a commonly asked question is, "How long is this going to take?" While this is a difficult question to answer--as it is so dependent on many variables, what I can say is that following these three steps can have a significant impact on recovery success. Read More

7 Reasons to Say “No” to Celebrity Diets (and Diets in General)

Danielle Sommers - November 2017
It’s undeniable that diets can offer appeal and intrigue, promising to make us look and feel good in short amounts of time. What they don't address in their annoying little sales pitches is that they actually can be quite dangerous, and most often don't work. Read More

4 Big & Misleading Myths About Eating Disorders (vlog)

Stephanie Haines - October 2017
In this latest vlog, Walden’s Stephanie Haines sets the record straight – breaking down four of the biggest myths when it comes to eating disorders Read More

I Applaud You, Gracie Gold

Paula Quatromoni - October 2017
I was really sad when my daughter texted me the news that Gracie Gold, a 2014 Winter Olympics bronze medalist, announced she was taking a break from competition because she is suffering from anxiety, depression and an eating disorder. Read More

7 Quotes to Help Kick Your Eating Disorder to the Curb!

Natalie Cohen - September 2017
Here are some awesome quotes to keep in your back pocket for the days that harder to quiet the pesky voice of your eating disorder. Read More

Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

Cailin Mateleska - September 2017
In working with adolescents living with eating disorders and their families, I am continually amazed to see the power of Family Based Treatment in uniting families during what is otherwise an incredibly challenging time. Here are some facts you may not know about Family-Based Treatment Read More

Meet Shannon Stern - Ambassador of Hope

Shannon Stern - September 2017
Shannon Stern is an adolescent clinician on our residential unit. Learn more about her and her role at Walden in this Ambassador of Hope episode! Read More

Eating Disorders & College Students: 5 Ways to Navigate Campus & Dining Halls

Corrinne Archibald - August 2017
There are many considerations when determining how to best nourish yourself and rebuild your relationship with food while away from home. Here are some helpful tips. Read More

Eating Disorder Recovery: 5 Songs to Keep You Focused

Portia Kimbis - August 2017
Music can play a major role in eating disorder treatment AND recovery; here are some of my favorite tunes that can help you through the not-so-great days! Read More

6 Tips for Parents of Children Heading to College with an Eating Disorder History

Laura Roias - August 2017
If you’re apprehensive about your child going back to school, here are some steps you can take to help ensure continued recovery success, and hopefully, ease some of your anxieties! Read More

5 Lies My Eating Disorder Told Me

Caroline Booth - August 2017
Recovery has taught me countless valuable lessons, and one of the most important lessons is that ED is wrong. In fact, ED is very wrong. Read More

Seriously, What Is Wrong with Fashion/Fitness Magazines Sometimes?

Stephanie Haines - August 2017
Being happy and comfortable in your own skin is bad for the "beauty" business. But you know what? It’s great for us – and it’s what every single person deserves. Read More

Eating Disorder Recovery Tips for Students Coming Back to Campus

Emily Slager - August 2017
If you’re currently working through an eating disorder, or have a history with one, here are some helpful ways to make your college experience as successful as possible Read More

Meet Louisa Howell - Ambassador of Hope (VLOG)

Louisa Howell - August 2017
Louisa Howell is the adult mental health counselor at Walden Behavioral Care's Peabody clinic where she has been since it opened almost 3 years ago!  Read More

Trauma & Eating Disorders – The Unique Role of Residential Treatment Settings

Bethany Kregiel - July 2017
Trauma recovery takes time and may be especially difficult for the many people who use eating disorder behaviors to cope. Residential treatment can provide a contained, nurturing environment where individuals can begin the process of interrupting negative coping mechanisms and re-establisha sense of safety in the world. Read More

Viewpoint: Why BMI is Not the End-All-Be-All

Ashley Vazquez - July 2017
While one’s BMI should never be ignored, it isn’t a comprehensive marker for assessing an individual’s health. Read More

Some Thoughts on the New Eating Disorder Film, "Feed"

Natalie Cohen - July 2017
‘Feed,” a film written, directed and acted by “Pretty Little Liars” star, Troian Bellisario,  follows Olivia, who begins engaging in disordered eating as a way of coping with the overwhelming feelings of loss, guilt and loneliness after the tragic death of her twin brother. Read More

Reframe a Relapse for Recovery Success

Matthew Stranberg - July 2017
Decades of behavior change research literature indicate that long lasting behavior change is rarely linear, and often involves cycling between stages of change, including returning to contemplating change itself. Here's how to reframe a relapse for recovery success. Read More

Walden Behavioral President and CEO, Stuart Koman Offers Thoughts on 'To the Bone'

Stuart Koman - July 2017
If you have a history of an eating disorder, or are currently working toward recovery, I would not recommend watching this film. Read More

I Totally Get How You're Feeling: The Power of Validation and Why Everyone Needs It

Natalie Cohen - July 2017
In eating disorder treatment, validation is used in a variety of ways. We use it to demonstrate the value of one’s feelings and to help ignite communication and connectedness that those with eating disorders often lack. Read More

Meet Walden's Jane Sullivan - Ambassador of Hope

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2017
For more than 13 years, Jane has provided hundreds of individuals and families with compassionate and dedicated care for eating disorders and other conditions. Read More

13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About It

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2017
The question for all of us as providers, relatives or as friends remains: how can we help our loved ones and students/clients/patients access proper mental health treatment and support prior to feeling as though they have no other option? Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful. Our answer: We can all become better informed and we must not be afraid to have these conversations. Awareness PLUS action is powerful. Read More

VIDEO: Eating Disorders and LGBTQ Community

Walden Behavioral Care - June 2017
In this video, we discuss more behind the correlation between the LGBTQ community and eating disorders, including risk factors, treatment options and new resources for the community. Read More

Ideas for Maintaining Positive Body Image This Summer

Portia Kimbis - June 2017
No matter how much we may have dreamt about it in the long cold winter months, summer can certainly be a challenging and triggering time, especially for those with eating disorders. Here are some tips for beating those summer insecurities. So what can you do to take back control and preserve a positive body image? Here are some tips: Read More

5 Gifs for Eating Disorder Recovery

Natalie Cohen - June 2017
Here are some motivational GIFs that I hope will help you progress in your recovery. Read More

College Students & Eating Disorders: 6 Recovery Tips for the Summer

Amanda Kravitz - May 2017
Summer break doesn’t mean you have to hit the reset button. Here are some tips to make this transition a bit easier Read More

6 Keys to Maintaining Eating Disorder Recovery

Bridget Komosky - May 2017
I have EVERY reason to believe that long-term recovery is achievable, no matter who you are or what your past circumstances have been. Here are some helpful tips that I've seen to be effective. Read More

Fad About You – What Is the Truth About Fad Diets?

Pat Jones - May 2017
These “fad diets” – like Atkins, South Beach and the Paleo – offer the “magic” promise of quick weight loss, among other dramatic benefits. But many individuals don't properly look through the facts to understand how a particular diet does or, more importantly does not meet, their unique nutritional needs. Read More

A Little Piece of Peace: 10 Inspiring Images for Recovery

Natalie Cohen - April 2017
We all need a little piece of peace. Check out some of my favorite pick-me-ups below Read More

7 Things to Remember During a Relapse in Eating Disorder Recovery

Gina Cipolla, Marcella Berman - April 2017
Relapses are often natural parts of the recovery process. As they say, sometimes you need to take a step back to take two forward. When experiencing an eating disorder relapse, it can be helpful to remember these seven tips. Read More

7 Secrets to Eating Disorder Recovery

Fiona LaRosa - Waters - April 2017
While there is no magic wand to wave away all the stress, challenges and difficult moments, I’ll try to provide the next best thing: some secrets shared by individuals who are rocking their eating disorder recovery. Read More

6 Tips for Getting Through the Difficult Days

Portia Kimbis - March 2017
The road to recovery from an eating disorder typically has many ups and downs. While there are so many wonderful days in recovery, when we are having a difficult day it is often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel (and there is one, I promise!) Here are some A+ tips for the days that feel difficult. Read More

Being Here Now: Why Mindfulness Matters

Olivia Stumpf - March 2017
Regardless of the way in which mindfulness is practiced, it can be extremely beneficial. Here are a few of the many ways! Read More

Eating Disorder Recovery Tips for the LGBT Community

Emily Slager - March 2017
Just like eating disorders don’t discriminate based on race, age or socioeconomic status, they also do not discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Here are some recovery tips specific to the LGBT community. Read More

Facebook Live: 5 Goals to Work Toward Achieving in 2017

Natalie Cohen - January 2017
There are many important distinctions between goals and resolutions. Check out our Facebook Live discussion to learn more! Read More

What I’ve Learned About Eating Disorder Recovery

Rose Kelleher - November 2016
I've learned a lot about eating disorder recovery in the last few years. One of the most important lesson that I've learned is that recovery is not linear. There is no "right" way to recover and certainly no "how-to" guide. Read More

Music Therapy & Eating Disorders? You Bet!

Laura Roias - September 2016
You don't need to have a music background, own an instrument or even be able to carry a tune to reap the many benefits of music therapy! Read More

4 Ways to Stay Recovery-Focused After Eating Disorder Treatment

Bob Bordonaro - August 2016
We often hear from clients post-discharge, that without the support of the staff and milieu in program, the transition back to daily life can be quite challenging. For this reason, it is imperative that parts of the treatment environment get carried over upon discharge. Read More

5 Hidden Dangers of the Paleo Diet

Bridget Hastings Komosky - June 2016
While some studies link weight loss and overall health improvements when following the Paleo Diet, many remain skeptical regarding its overall effectiveness. From a nutritional standpoint, adhering to certain parts of this diet can result in potentially damaging consequences. Read More

7 Really Irritating Things People Say About Eating Disorders

Laura Roias - June 2016
Eating disorders are complex, misunderstood and subject to a lot of “did he/she really just say that?!” types of statements. Trying to dodge these annoying comments can sometimes feel like trying to dodge rain drops without an umbrella. Read More

Structured vs. Flexible Eating in Eating Disorder Treatment: When Is the Right Time?

Meg Salvia - April 2016
While eating disorders aren’t all about food, changes to food choices and routines can often be a lightning rod for bringing up tensions, anxieties and increased eating disorder thoughts and/or behaviors. For this reason, we usually start clients on a nutrition plan with plenty of structure and support. Read More

Five Reasons To Include Fun Foods Into Your Day

Meg Salvia - March 2016
Challenge foods or desserts are not “empty calories.” These foods actually provide energy, protein, carbohydrates, and fats (sometimes even calcium) that our bodies need and can use as fuel to get us through our days. Feeling like these foods have no place in the diet is an example of a rigid thought worth challenging. Read More

7 Awesome Mental Health Apps You Should Be Using

Portia Kimbis - January 2016
There are many applications (apps) out there that can aid with symptom management of or recovery from a mental health disorder. Choosing an app might even feel overwhelming and that’s not the purpose of these tools! I have made a select list of some of the eating disorder/mental health apps available. Remember everyone is unique so take time, do your homework and find the app or apps that work best for you! Read More